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United States Cold Storage to break ground on 7.2 million cubic foot expansion in Tulare, CA: new facility will make USCS largest modern multi-temperature storage provider in California's dynamic Central Valley.

United States Cold Storage (USCS) has just completed the plans for their Tulare-North Distribution Center's Phase Three expansion.

Site work is presently underway and groundbreaking is scheduled for mid to late January with an anticipated start-up of operations in early August 2008.

USCS operates two warehousing and distribution centers in Tulare, California: Tulare-North and Tulare-South, within a quarter mile of each other. The expansion of Tulare-North will bring the combined capacity to about 21 million cubic feet with 80,000 fully racked pallet positions, making it the biggest operation under one management team in the company's nationwide network.

Growing to Meet Customer Demand

In Tulare, USCS offers a broad range of services to local, national and international customers by providing dry, refrigerated and frozen food storage, blast or quick freezing, and extensive transportation capabilities. The Phase Three expansion at the Tulare-North facility will add 2.7 million cubic feet of dry storage space, including nearly 11,000 new storage rack positions, and 4.5 million cubic feet of multi-temperature refrigerated space featuring an additional 17,000 pallet positions.

As with all USCS projects, the build-out will incorporate the most modern facility design and refrigeration technology including convertible temperature rooms from +55[degrees]F to -20[degrees]F, fully enclosed and refrigerated loading dock areas served by 30 truck receiving doors and seven rail loading doors, new customer service shipping and receiving offices, and employee wellness facilities and management offices.

Projected cost for the expansion is just under $29 million dollars. USCS Tulare Management anticipates it will add 40 full time warehouse jobs and at least two customer service positions to properly service the additional space and customer product volume.

About USCS-Tulare

With this current expansion, Tulare-North, on East Walnut Avenue, will have combined (dry, refrigerated and frozen) storage space capacity of almost 13 million cubic feet, and a total of nearly 50,000 fully-racked pallet positions. The Tulare-South facility, on East Continental Avenue, has been expanded three times and offers nearly eight million cubic feet with 30,000 pallet positions of multi-temperature space. In total USCS has more than 70 acres of land in the Tulare complex dedicated to its current and future warehousing and transportation service business.

About United States Cold Storage

USCS is a premier public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) company and is among the top five largest PRWs in the USA. By year end 2008, USCS will have offer more than 170 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled warehouse and handling space in 33 facilities located in ten states including California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The company employs approximately 1,500 highly trained service professionals.

Due to its wide range of refrigerated storage and logistic services, USCS customers include many of the top American and international food companies. USCS has become an integral part of the global food distribution and supply chain with more than 35% of all goods it handles destined for international use or consumption.

USCS and its managing executives are active members of the IARW, WFLO, NFRA, WERC, AFFI, RETA, IIAR, SCMP as well as many other food related associations and professional organizations.

USCS is wholly-owned by John Swire & Sons, founded in 1816 and headquartered in London, England. Swire is a multi-national commercial group with worldwide business interests in cold storage (in Australia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka), shipping and transport, agriculture, aviation and aviation-related services, property management and development, beverages, and marine services.

For additional information about USCS-Tulare, contact facility Manager Brian Ford at Tel 559-686-1110. E-mail bford@uscold.com

For more information about United States Cold Storage visit the web site: www.uscold.com

E-mail the National Sales Headquarters at: sales@uscold.com
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